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Industry Insights: ADA Signage

Sharon Toji, aka “The ADA Sign Lady,” has been working with state and nationwide committees and organizations since 1992 to help designers, sign companies and owners of facilities to implement ADA signage standards. She originally represented the sign industry on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committee that writes the standards and now is the voting delegate for the Hearing Loss Association of America. She has written many articles on the topic, with the first one for NBM’s Sign Business Magazine back in 1992. Her manual “Signs and the ADA,” recently revised to include the 2010 revision of the ADA Standard, is used by people who want to learn about legal and accessible signs across the United States. You can learn more at

Whether you decide to begin with simple exit and restroom signs and create a market from there, or you are a designer at heart and want to find a partner who will help bring your vision of exciting and accessible signs to life by taking on some of the fabrication or decoration, ADA signage is a market that is waiting for you. Every building open to the public in the entire United States, whether government owned or private, needs these signs.

—Sharon Toji, The ADA Sign Lady